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Vol 27 Issue 1,372 May 18, 2023

The Ardmore Daily Press
September 8, 1925

Two Injured in First Accident On Ringing Road

Motor Car Derailed and Passengers Suffer Slight Injuries As Result

The first accident on the Ringling railroad in which passengers were injured took place Sunday morning when the motor car of that road was derailed between Wilson and Healdton, Mrs A. l> Carpenter of this city receiving a dislocated shoulder and a man named J.C. Gastoneau suffering scalp wounds.

Officials of the Ringling road say that the accident was caused by the fact that men dragging the state road leading to Ringling left about 4 inches of dirt on the railroad tracks. At the point where the car left the track a slight curve in the rails caused the car to leave the tracks with the aid of the dirt.

The locomotive train of this road was derailed some time ago for the same reason but no one was injured in that accident.

The Ardmore Daily Press
September 8, 1925

Stop – State Law

In Muskogee county the County Attorney has issued a statement that they recently enacted Stop Law for railway crossing will not be enforced until the notices are removed from the crossings in cities and towns.

He is right, the law as it now is carried out is most disconcerting and confusing. It increases the traffic problems materially in that some drivers stop religiously at each crossing and others ignore part or observed part.

Ardmore has several stop signs. So far nothing has been done about it. As far as can be learned the law is not being enforced in the county. It is certain that the regulation is not being observed in the city itself.

Until some cooperative methods of enforcing the law can be mapped out motorists are more or less justified in ignoring the law.

Program from the Dundee Alumni Banquet, April 17, 1976. Photographs of the school, history of its operation, school song and program for the banquet are included.

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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG….

Butch: I read with much interest your story in this week’s newsletter #1,371 of May 11, 2023. The article by one of the Carmon’s intrigued me because I grew up in that same neighborhood and most of my boyhood friends are in the photo. Charles (Jug) Bailey did everything together because we only lived a block apart. Irma Bailey was an absolute saint and second mother to me. My sister and I were very poor and we lived with my grandfather Walter Rushing down at the corner of 3rd and I St. N.E.

I went to church at the Presbyterian Church across the street from Carmon Lumber Yard, and we shopped at Hunt’s Grocery store on the S. W. Corner. Charlie Bailey worked at John Small’s Bakery which at that time was just south of the Presbyterian Church. Irma would always come by and pick me up whenever they went to Lake Murray to swim, or to take me with them when she drove Jug on his paper route. We would sit on the fenders of her 1947 Chevrolet and throw the papers into the yards of his route. I also remember Mrs Carmon because she was always so nice to all the kids in the neighborhood. I think she had a daughter that was older than me named Carol, but can’t be sure. A couple of the girls who lived in the same N.E. neighborhood and were classmates of mine and Jug were Paula Fleming and Judy Taylor. Thanks again for sharing. Jim Guess, Porter,Oklahoma

Your photo of the Corral Restaurant brought back memories. I got to eat there September 13, 1951 for my fifth birthday. My grandmother in California sent me a Gruen watch for my birthday and I had fried shrimp for dinner. I stiff have the watch. -Monroe Cameron

In 1832 the St Petersburg 600-ton Alexander Column was carefully lifted into place and is the largest bell in the world. -Edward S. Bumgarner, Sherman, Texas.


Below is from my Vol 4, Issue 161 May 20, 2000 newsletter:

I learned something last week about a place in the western part of Carter county I didnt know. There is a neat little place five miles north and then 4 miles west of Healdton, Oklahoma were people can enjoy a nature trail. A friend in Texas and an x-Healdtonite sent me email about it. Then Frank Eck in Healdton mailed me the May 11th issue of the Healdon Hearld Newspaper in which there was an article about this little secret known only to those in that part of the county. It seems that the property owners, Dell and Sondra Jennings, opened up the nature trail in memory of the late Oscar Ruth. The trail has been named the Walking Tree Trail and is open to the public. They ask you to bring a old pair of cowboy boots to hang on the “Cowboy Fence”. I havnt wore a pair in 25 years, but I’ll look around for a pair when I go out there. Maybe we should set up a meetin date and all go? Dell or Sondra can be reached at 580-673-2552. Yep, set around a fire some evening, roast some winnies and marshmellows, and tell some big stories….. might be fun!


“You are correct in that the Ardmore Hotel had the revolving frontdoor.”

“I read where you were asking about the revolving doors that were at the Ardmore Hotel….Well, they are now in my storage building, at least two of them are along with the curved glass out of the other. Oh yes, they were curved and very thick and heavy. They were thrown away when they were converting to the Lincoln Building. I had intended to make a great china cabinet out of one for my dining room, but somehow other things came first.”

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, OK